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Yellow-throated Longclaw

Macronyx croceus

Yellow-throated Longclaws inhabit relatively high rainfall savannas, open woodlands, grasslands and wetlands, usually with a few scattered trees and bushes. They’re mainly insectivorous in their diet. They sleep in long grass, but are often seen perched conspicuously at the top of thin branches or termitaria. They are usually encountered in pairs, or small family groups of up to 6 birds at the end of the breeding season, which stretches through all of spring and summer. Pairs are monogamous, with the female constructing a bulky nest well hidden in or under grass tussocks. The female also assumes most of the responsibility for the incubation of the clutch of 2-4 eggs that hatch after about two weeks. The chicks leave the nest before they’re 3 weeks old.

Adults measure around 21cm in length and weigh approximately 48g.

The IUCN considers the Yellow-throated Longclaw to be of least concern. The species has a discontinuous distribution over much of sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal to South Africa, where they are to be found along the coast from the Eastern Cape through Kwazulu-Natal to the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.